• December 2008 - Volume 11, Number 5

    Features

    There’s nothing more disheartening than shooting a trophy buck and then losing the blood trail. Here’s how to make sure it never happens to you.

    Your heart is still pounding uncontrollably as the overdose of adrenaline rushes through your veins. Only seconds have passed since you squeezed the trigger on the biggest buck you’ve ever seen. Everything happened so fast that it almost seemed like a dream.

    If you think you’ve missed the heart of the dove season, you’ve obviously never been on a late-season hunt.

    Not many of us think of hunting small game, especially doves, during the dead of winter. It is true that while dove hunters come out en masse on Labor Day and a few weekends afterwards in September, only a few “professional” dove hunters take to the fields during the second and third seasons in the Magnolia State.

    Many hunters these days aren’t happy unless they’re swaying in the tops of towering pine trees, but others are discovering ground blinds have many advantages of their own.

    Quite often tactics used for deer hunting come around full circle over time. Just a mere 30 years ago, virtually no deer hunter had ever heard of a factory-manufactured lock-on tree stand, ladder stand or climber, much less seen or used one. A few hunters built elevated tree houses to hunt out of, some fabricated pallet platforms up in a tree, or others more likely just wedged a 2x6 board into the Y-juncture of two tree-trunk limbs.

    As the water gets colder on these Delta oxbows, the crappie fishing gets hotter.

    "You can tell it’s starting to turn winter around here,” laughs Tim Carpenter, owner of Eagle Lake Lodge and Outfitters near Vicksburg. “That’s when all the crappie fishermen show up.”

    Squirrels have fallen from their lofty perch as the No. 1 game animal in Mississippi, but they appear to be climbing up the podium again.

    "This is as good as it gets,” Neal Brown said as he stoked a Tennessee-style flintlock in .32 caliber. “I’ve done a lot of hunting, but squirrel hunting with a dog and the flintlock is my favorite. Let’s see what Barlow puts up down here in the swamp.”

    Casey Edwards overcame some tough odds to arrow this monster buck in Lincoln County.